Tummy Tuck Surgery
Also known as the tummy tuck, abdominoplasty involves surgically tightening loose or separated abdominal muscles following pregnancy and removing excess abdominal skin, which is usually a co-exisitng problem. The incision is made along the line of a typical C-section scar, extending laterally by a variable length according to how much skin needs to be removed. Many patients with this condition also have an umbilical hernia (a hernia of the belly button), which causes a bulge in the umbilicus. If present, the hernia is repaired at the same time. The downtime from this procedure is about three to four days in hospital.
Occasionally, there may be a significant degree of abdominal skin laxity but without significant damage to the muscles. In this situation, the excess skin is removed without surgically repairing the muscles. In this case, the operation is completed as a day surgery procedure without the need for hospitalization.